Syracuse: Season finale report

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. put the lid on his tremendous 2003 USAC racing season Saturday afternoon, winning the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. He led the final 76 miles of the "Ferris...

J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. put the lid on his tremendous 2003 USAC racing season Saturday afternoon, winning the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. He led the final 76 miles of the "Ferris Salt City 100" to solidify his series title as he continues his pursuit of the USAC "Triple Crown."

Yeley's record 24th USAC feature victory of the year (fourth in Silver Crown), came in a spirited drive from the 12th starting spot to the lead in just 25 laps! He was third at the end of just four laps and caught pole starter Dave Darland for second on lap 11. He trailed Rich Tobias, Jr. until the 25th lap, then pulled away to a 10-second advantage. That advantage was erased by late cautions and he finally won by 1.2 seconds.

NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and USAC car owner Bob East earned the USAC Silver Crown owner's title as the owners of Yeley's EMP Stewart Components/Power Stroke Diesel Beast/Ford.

Tobias was second in the Syracuse finale and was followed by Darland, Kevin Huntley and Tyler Walker as 11 of the 24 starters were still running at the checkered flag.

"It was an awesome day, awesome weather and an awesome crowd," said Yeley in victory lane. "There was a second groove this year," added Yeley who also won at Syracuse last year. "That allowed us to run outside while most everyone else was running down low where it was slippery. That was fun. I knew Tobias was close at the end and he has a lot of experience on this track, so I didn't want to give up the lead."

Yeley averaged 95.042 mph. for the 100 miles, interrupted five times by cautions for 22 laps.

USAC WELD RACING SILVER CROWN SERIES FINAL STANDINGS

1. J.J. Yeley 623
2. Dave Darland 542
3. Tracy Hines 480
4. Dave Steele 432
5. Tyler Walker 387
6. Jay Drake 349
7. Rich Tobias, Jr. 333
8. Paul White 314
9. Brian Tyler 270
10. Jason McCord 262 -usac-

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Paul White , Tyler Walker , Jason McCord